August 10th, 2009

NYY, melky

Yogi answers questions

On his blog, Journal News Yankees beat writer Peter Abraham has done occasional Q&As with various Yankees: Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, CC Sabathia, Mariano Rivera, and Phil Hughes.

Today, though, he posted his latest and greatest: Hall of Famer Yogi Berra.

Abraham's blog has become the gold standard for blogs by beat writers, and it has become one of the best, most reliable sources of news and stuff about the New York Yankees. Any baseball fan should read his blog, even if you hate the Yankees -- it's just that good.

And even if you don't read the blog, read the Q&A with Yogi, 'cause -- well, it's Yogi!
  • Current Music
    "Moon Over Bourbon Street" by Sting

beach training 2009

Every year on the second Sunday in August, all four of the local Kenshikai dojos gather at Field 5 at Jones Beach to have a big workout, and then we hang out together on the beach. This tradition dates back to Seido, the discipline that Kenshikai branched off from in 2001, and it's a great deal of fun.

Yesterday was this year's beach training, and it was a bit of a challenge on two fronts. One: it was overcast and chilly in New York yesterday morning. I actually did half the training with my sleeves rolled down, which my sweaty self never does. Two: we line up in rank order. The front line were the three Shihans (sixth-degree black belts) who are the ones who run the discipline (and the training), and three of the four dojos. Next in line are the senseis (fourth-degree), and then two more lines, one of the remaining black belts, one of all the color belts. I was the senior-most color belt there, so I was all the way on one end of the long line of white, blue, yellow, green, and brown belts, and between the rough tide (it was brutal yesterday) and the distance, I couldn't really hear what the Shihans were saying. It was a bit of a challenge to keep up, since I had to follow what the black belts were doing, so I felt like I was a step behind everyone.

Still, it was an excellent workout -- as always, my favorite part was when we moved into the water, doing kicks -- and then afterward we had a great time hanging around.

The highlight was volleyball. We broke into two eight-person teams and played two games, and I'm proud to say that my team won both times. Best of all was the second game, when I came up to serve a 0-0 game -- and by the time I was done serving, we were up 14-0. *boogie*

Much fun was had by all. Osu!
  • Current Music
    "Jam #2" by The Band

Schott's Miscellany 9 August 2009

America and Britain signed the Webster-Ashburton Treaty, setting the frontier between the U.S. & Canada (1842)


A number of American presidents and first ladies have lent their name to cartoon characters or served as their inspiration. In The Simpsons, Bart's bespectacled friend Milhouse is named after Richard Milhous Nixon; Marge Simpson's chain-smoking mother, Jacqueline Bouvier, is named After Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (née Bouvier); and Mayor Quimby arguably shares some characteristics with JFK--including his accent and his wife's fondness for pillbox hats. According to one theory, William Howard Taft was the inspiration for Popeye's nemesis Bluto/Brutus. The newspaper comic strip Mallard Fillmore (about a politically conservative duck) is a pun on the name of the 13th president, Millard Fillmore; a Mallard Fillmore also appeared in the DC Comics series Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew. Yet, while the comic strip character Garfield shares his name with the 20th president, James Garfield, the strip's creator, Jim Davis, says the lasagna-loving tabby was named for his grandfather, James.

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
  • Current Music
    "Chocolate Jesus" by Tom Waits